The American College, Creighton University Announce Academic Partnership
BRYN MAWR, PA – Officials at The American College of Financial Services and Creighton University in Omaha, NE, recently signed a formal academic partnership designed to benefit students at both institutions as well as the financial services profession.
The articulation agreement, which goes into effect immediately, allows Creighton students who have completed applicable coursework to earn credit toward The American College’s certification and designation programs. In turn, Creighton will provide transfer credit for students who successfully complete programs from The American College.
The agreement is the first of its kind for The American College, the nation’s oldest and leading educator in financial services.
“College graduates entering the financial services profession are often expected to complete professional designation programs,” said Dr. Robert Johnson, president and CEO of The American College. “This partnership makes it more efficient for Creighton graduates to transition into professional education programs while receiving credit for the very practical education they received at Creighton University.”
Under the arrangement, Creighton students will be able to apply their credits toward The American College’s popular and highly-respected certification programs, including the Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), and Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®).
“This partnership continues our efforts to be the collegiate business program that is the most connected with real world business practice,” says Dr. Anthony Hendrickson, dean of the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. “By integrating state-of-the-art business theory with practical application, our students work toward earning professional certifications seamlessly while pursuing their academic degree.”
Dr. Ajamu Loving, director of Academic Partnerships at The American College, worked closely with officials at each institution to pull together all aspects of this unique collaboration. He says a key benefit of the program is that it will infuse the profession with young, top-notch talent.
“One of the essential objectives of this academic partnership is to get a larger and more diverse, in terms of age, group of individuals engaged with the financial services field,” Dr. Loving says. “To whatever degree we can increase the talent pool, in the long run, is good for the profession and, more importantly, good for the consumer.”
About The American College of Financial Services
The American College of Financial Services is the nation’s largest nonprofit educational institution devoted to financial services. Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others since 1927. The American College faculty represents some of the financial services profession’s foremost thought leaders. For more information, visit TheAmericanCollege.edu.